Boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Bantamweight

The bantamweight was one of five boxing weight classes contested on the boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Like all other boxing events, it was open only to men. The boxing competitions were all held on October 27. The bantamweight was the lightest class, allowing boxers of up to 116 pounds (52.6 kg). Six boxers from two nations competed.[1] Each NOC could enter up to 12 boxers.[2] France entered 3 boxers, 2 of whom withdrew; Great Britain entered 5 boxers.

Men's bantamweight boxing
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
DateOctober 27
Competitors6 from 2 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Henry Thomas  Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) John Condon  Great Britain
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) William Webb  Great Britain
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Competition formatEdit

There were three rounds in each bout, with the first two rounds being three minutes long and the last one going four minutes. Two judges scored the match, giving 5 points to the better boxer in each of the first two rounds and 7 to the better boxer in the third round. Marks were given to the other boxer in proportion to how well he did compared to the better. If the judges were not agreed on a winner at the end of the bout, the referee could either choose the winner or order a fourth round.[3]



October 27
October 27
October 27
  John Condon (GBR) KO3
  Pierre Mazior (FRA) L   John Condon (GBR) 2
  William Webb (GBR) 2   William Webb (GBR) 0
  Henry Perry (GBR) 1   John Condon (GBR) 0
  Henry Thomas (GBR) 2   Henry Thomas (GBR) 2
  Frank McGurk (GBR) 0   Henry Thomas (GBR)

Did not start: R. Clément and A. Viez of France.


Condon won by knockout in the third round against the only non-British competitor in the bantamweight. McGurk came out well against Thomas, but Thomas finished stronger. The bout between Webb and Perry was the tightest, with Webb's win coming through the referee's decision after the two judges deadlocked.


Thomas had been seeded into a bye for the round. Webb and Condon had a tight bout, with Condon winning narrowly.


The two boxers fought a physical bout up close, in which Thomas fared better.


Rank Boxer Nation
  Henry Thomas   Great Britain
  John Condon   Great Britain
  William Webb   Great Britain
4 Pierre Mazior   France
Frank McGurk   Great Britain
Henry Perry   Great Britain


  1. ^ "Boxing at the 1908 London Summer Games: Men's Bantamweight". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 33.
  3. ^ Official Report, pp. 418–19.


  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Boxing 1908". Accessed 8 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].